December 27, 1917 ~ June 18, 2003

Born in: Buncombe Co.,
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Nell Branton Murray, 85, of 381 Starnes Cove Road, Asheville, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, June 18, 2003. Mrs. Murray was born in Buncombe County and was married to the late James Reeves Murray. She was a daughter of the late Carroll and Rose Branton and was a member of State Street Baptist Church. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Williams of Candler and Judy Sluder of Boone; three sons, David Murray of Summerville, SC, Larry Murray of Yale, VA, and Roger Murray of Fletcher; fourteen grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Friday in the Patton Avenue chapel of Groce Funeral Home with the Revs. Terry Sprouse and J.B. Johnson officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Her family will receive friends from 7 - 8:30 pm Thursday at the funeral home and at other times willbe at the home of Carolyn Williams, 381 Starnes Cove Road where Mrs. Murray had made her home for the past thirteen years. Mrs. Murray requested that memorials may be made to the State Street Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 6454, Asheville, NC 28816.

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  1. carolyn,linda and james and lloyal you have my deepest sympathies. aunt nell was a very special person. i recall many times how she helped me and my family after daddy died how she came and stayed with us while momma worked. she taught me to craushey granny squares and how to make baby blankets and booties out of them my prayers are with all of u during this trying time. may god be with each and every one of u and hold u in his loving arms. Sharon Freeman Pace

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  2. Dear Larry, Pat, and Family,
    Chuck and I have dear memories of your sweet mother, and although we know you shall miss her deeply we share the joy in knowing she is with our LORD and in perfect bliss. No more pains or illness. Cancer can’t touch her there! We’ll all join her someday. Please know that we are here for you in anyway you need us. We love you dearly. Love, Chuck and Sandi

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